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By World Fantasy Award winner Jeff VanderMeer
With an introduction by the legendary Michael Moorcock

A SF Site Book of the Year
An Book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly Book of the Year


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Fun Stuff : Press Kit : Contact Info


“In the hands of a brilliant writer like Jeff VanderMeer, writing fantasy can be a means of serious artistic expression. In VanderMeer’s hands, it is also playful, poignant, and utterly, wildly, imaginative.”  - Peter Straub

“Unsettling, erudite, dark, shot through with unexpected humor. Ambergris is one of my favorite haunts in fiction.” – China Mieville

'This is fiction to stand alongside that of Calvino and Borges.' - The Guardian

'VanderMeer can be both terrifying and hilarious. He is a master of the implied back story... This is just a very, very
strange book, and an essential one too.' - Time Out

'Fearless inventiveness and compelling strangeness. Angela Carter would have loved this book.' - Rikki Ducornet

'Marvelously dark and grotesque... VanderMeer's creation of his world is complex and convincing.' - Review of Contemporary Fiction


The official site for information about the Ambergris milieu.
The author's official site, with news and upcoming events sections.

Bantam-Spectra information about the book.




Introducing the Legendary City of Ambergris…
City of Saints thumbnail Funny, bawdy, profane, tragic, and sometimes heartbreaking, City of Saints & Madmen chronicles the adventures, eccentricities, and foibles of the citizens of fantastical Ambergris—a place that bears a striking resemblance to our world, like a distorted mirror image. In the city of Ambergris, you can find living saints, mad writers, mediocre artists suddenly transformed into geniuses, giant squid that may or may not be intelligent, and a stealthy underclass of citizens called gray caps who hold the key to the city’s many secrets. You will also find one of the unforgettable cities of contemporary literature: bustling, grotesque, magnificent, and full of shocking, beautiful revelations.

Translated into half a dozen languages, this “mosaic novel” is now available in the United States and Canada from Bantam Books, in a stylish trade paperback edition. Lavishingly illustrated by seven artists.




From cool animations to fun quizzes and music created specially for City of Saints, we’ve got it all…and coming soon, streaming video of Jeff VanderMeer reading from the book, as well as a Rough Guide Tour of Ambergris.

View the Animated "Trailer" for City of Saints, Complete with Squid

Download Wallpapers and a Screensaver Based on the Art from the Book

Copy City of Saints Banner Ads and Host Them on Your Own Site

Take the Online Quiz and See How Long You’d Last in Ambergris

Experience the Festival of the Squid

Read Dradin, In Love, an excerpt from City of Saints

Download Selected Cuts from Fungicide, the Soundtrack for City of Saints
Albumuth Boulevard
Dradin, in Love
The Cage




Click on “Press Kit” for author photos, cover downloads, bio notes, free use articles, the official Bantam press release for the book, and further excerpts.




Jeff VanderMeer, Author
email: vanderworld at
POB 4248
Tallahassee, FL 32315 USA

Chris Artis, Bantam Publicist
(for the United States and Canada)
cartis at (212/782-9037)

Claire Weaver, Author Publicist (for United Kingdom only)